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Kentucky Abolition of Abortion Act (BR 143)

This law was last updated on Nov 30, 2018


This law is Anti–Choice

State

Kentucky

Number

BR 143

Status

Failed to Pass

Sponsors

Primary Sponsors: 1
Total Sponsors: 1

Topics

Fetal Homicide, Personhood

Full Bill Text

www.lrc.ky.gov

BR 143 would make it a felony to perform an abortion in the state of Kentucky, except in the case of a medical emergency.

The bill defines abortion to mean “the use of any means whatsoever to terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant with the intent to cause the death of the unborn child.”

The bill defines fertilization to mean “the fusion of a human spermatozoon with a human ovum.”

The bill defines unborn child to mean “a human being from fertilization until live birth.”

The bill would amend fetal homicide law to apply not only to a physician performing an abortion, but the pregnant person receiving one as well. Abortion would be considered a capital offense, though the bill prohibits a death sentence.

Confusingly, the bill leaves language in place that permits an abortion being performed if it is “during the first trimester of pregnancy by a woman upon herself upon the advice of a licensed physician or by a licensed physician,” or “after the first trimester of pregnancy […] by a duly licensed physician in a hospital duly licensed by the Kentucky Health Facilities and Health Services Certificate of Need and Licensure Board.”

STATUS

Prefiled in October of 2017.

Update #1

The bill was withdrawn on December 19, 2017, a few weeks before the 2018 legislative session even began.


People

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